Guiding Western readers through the endlessly fascinating and complicated system of Islamic personal names, Annemarie Schimmel's directory touches upon almost every aspect of Islamic life.
About the softcover edition...
By Theseus on Nov 15, 2009
A tidy book from Edinburgh University Press: 137 pp in trade paperback. TABLE OF CONTENTS The Structure of a Name - ism or 'alam; kunya; nasab; nisba; laqab Born on a Friday - The naming of a child Help from God - Religious name-giving Mothers of the Faithful - The naming of girls Lions, Moons, Roses - the nickname or laqab A Name Too Heavy to Bear - changes and transformations of the names Appendix: Some Notes on Turkish Family Names Notes (10 pp) Bibliography (6 pp) Index of Personal Names (30 pp) Index of Places, Ethnic Groups, and Languages Index of Qur'anic Verses Glossary of Technical Terms